Avon is one of the oldest, most well-known direct selling opportunities out there. Another plus is that unlike many other companies, this one is very inexpensive to get started with. And Avon has recently made some big changes to help representatives get their business off to a great start this year.
What does it cost to start selling Avon?
It is only $25 to sign up and sell Avon. At this price, you receive a start up kit presented in a beautifully designed envelope.
This envelope contains samples, full-size products, many brochures, delivery bags, and much more.
Note that if you want, you can invest in a pricier kit that comes with more items. The advanced starter kit is $50, and the premium starter kit is $100. There isn't a lot of difference in the items the kits contain. The more expensive kits just give you more samples, brochures, full-size products, etc.
What is an Avon selling campaign?
The two week selling period supported by a brochure that offers customers different products 26 times a year.
What information will be required from me in order to establish my account?
As an Avon Representative, you will be given an automatic line of credit ($250-$300), as such they will require the standard personal information (Drivers License or State ID) that is requested whenever credit is extended, including your social security number.
All personal info provided is used to generate your line of credit amount. A credit check is NOT required to become a rep and your social security number is provided as proof of identity and tax purposes. It is also used for bonus checks and additional earnings if you decide to begin the Leadership program (optional and free).
How much does Avon pay you?
Your commission amount on sales depends on how much you sell. Currently, the amount ranges between 20 and 50 percent.
Do you have to keep product on hand?
At Avon, you are never required to keep a stock of products on hand. You may find, however, that your customers have personal favorites that are helpful for you to have available for last-minute needs.
In addition, as a Representative, you are offered exclusive promotional opportunities to purchase products in advance. So you may or may not want to keep products on hand. It is completely your choice.
How often do you have to place an order?
Avon has 26 sales campaigns throughout the year. Each campaign reflects a two-week selling period marked by promotional offers and/or new product introductions.
Contacting your customers every campaign gives them the opportunity to purchase their Avon favorites, see new products, and take advantage of special offers.
You'll find that contacting new and potential customers on a consistent basis will result in your placing an order each campaign.
Orders are placed every two weeks and arrive 2 days later via UPS. You will place each order on your given amount of credit and pay your previous balance with each new order.
How do you receive future brochures?
Every two weeks, when you place a product order, you purchase your future brochures. Brochures are always ordered four weeks ahead so that you will have them in plenty of time to include them in your customer's orders and to share them with new potential customers.
Do you have to pay for shipping, or do my customers pay a shipping fee?
As long as you place your order on time, there is a one time shipping fee for you.
If you wish to receive an order at a different time from your regular scheduled delivery you have the option of receiving it for an additional fee. Shipping charges range from $5.95 to $10.95 and most frequently are $6.95.
You can sell through your personal website which you are given for FREE when you become a representative. Your customers can either order products that will be shipped to them directly from Avon or that will be included in your order for you to deliver to customers.
When a customer orders from your personal website Avon handles all shipments and returns on those orders. All you do is earn on direct delivery purchases from your website.
How do you pay for your order?
Payment to Avon is due two weeks after your order is shipped. This gives you time to deliver your orders and collect payment from your customers.
You can pay by check, money order, credit card, or online directly from your checking account using Avon Quickpay.
Are you required to attend meetings?
No, meetings attendance is not required. Avon offers extensive on-line training that you access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to enhance your business. Though you are not required to attend meetings, many representatives enjoy attending as they are much fun.
District managers of Avon do a wonderful job of providing free samples, selling tips and plenty of additional rewards for attendance.
Meetings within your district can be quite uplifting and really help you stay focused as well as encouraged to build your business. Group support is a great way to get each other motivated and stay excited about your new business.
Avon may hold group meetings in your area designed to share product training or program incentives. If so, you will be contacted in advance in order to add the event to your calendar.
How do you sell Avon? Are in-home parties required?
You are not required to have any parties. However, many Representatives find group selling to be a very lucrative way to sell more products, broaden their customer base, and build their team. If you choose to participate in group selling, Avon offers various training and support materials to assist you.
Can you sell Avon online only?
You can. Since you get a website with Avon, it's easy to do this — just direct people to your website.
You can also have Facebook parties and get your friends to invite their friends, do giveaways, etc. However, you still may find that getting out in your neighborhood and passing out brochures is effective, too.
Is it hard to sell Avon?
Avon is one of the best known brands in the world. Rarely will you run into someone who has not heard of Avon. If you follow the provided training by Avon, it will not be difficult.
How do you become an Avon representative?
In a few easy steps, you can become an Avon Representative and start your own business. Promptly after you sign up, you can go online, explore the product line, start your training, and sell Avon.
You may also build your personal website to sell products to customers and manage your business.
Within the next few days, the person you sign up under should follow up with you and offer additional personal training opportunities to ensure that you get your business off to a great start.
If a customer decides she doesn't want or like a product that she ordered from me, do you have to absorb the cost?
No! All Avon products have a full 100% guarantee, even if it has been used. Just return the item to Avon for a full refund or exchange.
What if you become an Avon representative and then decide that Avon isn't for you?
All you have to do is pay your bill in full and simply discontinue accessing your account. When you stop your account is automatically closed after a period of time.
The cost online will be $25 if you choose the lowest tier, and Avon will send your kit to you by mail. Online is safe and secure. You can pay with credit/debit or by Paypal.
Post originally published on January 25, 2013. Updated and re-published on March 3, 2019.